Friday morning at Overland Expo East 2021, Ford revealed its latest vehicle, the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept based on the new 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline series, which the Blue Oval says is the most off-road-capable Expedition ever.
Clearly, the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept was built for multi-day off-roading functionality and ease-of-use.
Although the Expedition has the segment’s tallest available ground clearance at 10.6 inches, Ford designers added an additional two inches with custom FOX Performance Elite Series 2.5-inch shocks with Dual Speed Compression adjusters and remote reservoirs front and rear. In addition, 17-inch Method Race Wheels with Bead Grip technology are wrapped with 35-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires.
In addition to some custom pieces, like the exterior graphics, the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept leverages Ford’s Outfitter collection with dealer-available accessories. These include a Thule Tepui Explorer tent with crossbars that attach to its roof rails, a factory-available transmission shield, Overland Vehicle Systems’ Nomadic 180-degree awning that easily pulls out to help protect adventurers from the elements, and a WildLand portable privacy room shower.
Illuminating the trail and the campsite at night, Ford designers opted for a 50-inch Rigid light bar mounted above the windshield with an additional Rigid 20-inch light bar below the grille. This D-SS Rigid side shooter cube lights are installed atop the hood. Rigid spotlights mounted within the wheel wells and liftgate further illuminate those areas. The flip of a switch turns the lights red for stargazers.
The large interior of the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept was fully utilized for both storage and sleeping space with an EZ STAK custom aluminum dual-storage drawer unit that sits under a custom Luno camping mattress with room for two.
To make sleeping in the concept vehicle even more comfortable, Luno also provides a concept-specific Base Extender, window shades, and portable USB fan. And to ensure this concept vehicle can handle electric loads needed at off-the-grid campsites, a Clarios AGM battery specifically designed for vehicles supporting the most demanding applications.
With a Turtleback Expedition Series Trailer, the largest trailer in the Turtleback lineup, the capability of the Expedition Timberline concept vehicle is further extended in the wilderness. The trailer matches the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept with Method brand wheels and Grabber all-terrain tires. It’s designed to hold additional gear for an extended cross-country trip, including a two-burner propane stove and deep-well sink, a pair of drop-down tables, 42-gallon water tank and six-gallon water heater with external shower hookup, plus pancake propane tank. Additional available options include a refrigerator and a 100-watt solar panel.
If you want to see the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept in person, it’s parked at the Ford Bronco booth, S1, at Overland Expo East 2021.